Tag: 2015


Dr. Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh, Taiwan

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Dr. Chao-Nien “Carol” Koh finished her WFI Fellowship Program in 2015. During her 6-month WFI Fellowship Program she focused on developing more advanced protection programs for the urban birds in Taiwan.

After her program she resumed working for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) where she has been for over two decades. At TFRI her current research focuses in ornithology in the urban setting. Some of her research has demonstrated that birds in the urban ecosystem have difficulties in raising their babies compared to those in the mountains. This finding has prompted her to develop educational materials for the public on how to help the birds and their habitats in the neighborhoods around the city of Taipei. During 2016 she created two outreach programs “bird-sleuth club” for primary school and “bird’s nest-box watch” in Taipei’s Botanical Garden. She also proposed the creation of a wildlife corridor in East rift valley where she investigated biodiversity in the last eight years.


Sarita Lama, Nepal

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Ms. Sarita Lama finished her 6-month WFI Fellowhip Program in 2015. During her program at WFI she focused on expanding her knowledge on sustainable forest practices to bring lessons back home for Chure hills management in Nepal. She came to WFI with over ten years working experience in the field of forestry in the various mid-hill districts of Nepal through various national and international non-governmental organizations. Her involvement was mostly in implementing and managing community forestry program mainly focused on benefiting the poor, women and marginalized households. Sarita aims to provide service for social empowerment and to build ecosystem resilience of the disastrous and precarious condition of southern and outer hills of Nepal, known as ‘Chure’.

Qingxin Liu

Dr. Qingxin Liu, China

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Dr. Qingxin Liu is from Beijing, China. Since 2012 he has been working in the Division of Science and Technology Management at the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF). With science and technology systems reform in China, he is interested in learning more about effective management of forest scientific research projects in the Pacific Northwest. He will study the development of public forestry project management during his time here at WFI, which will be from June through November, 2015. He aims to carry out a comparative study on the research management systems in US and China and to bring knowledge of good experiences and practices from the US to China.

Stuty Maskey 2015 WFI Alumni

Stuty Maskey, Nepal

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Ms. Stuty Maskey finished her 5-month WFI Fellowship Program in 2015. Her academic background is in Economics and Public Policy. During her fellowship, Stuty conducted research in forest-collaboratives in the Pacific North-West (PNW). She was interested to learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by PNW’s forest collaboratives in order to understand policy and institutional needs to leverage collaborative governance model in Nepal (Final presentation: Collaborative Governance).

After completing her fellowship, Stuty pursued her research interest by enrolling in a PhD program in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Currently, Stuty is collecting data in Nepal for her PhD thesis. Her topic is ‘Stakeholder perspectives on collaboration for a national forestry program’. For this she is conducting an in-depth case study of a large forestry program in Nepal that aimed to improve forestry governance through collaborative policy and decision-making processes. The program however, terminated early. Stuty is investigating the reasons for this termination.

Stuty’s broad interest lies in environmental governance. Currently her focus is in collaborative approaches to environmental policy-making and whether it can foster development in low-income countries.


Robert Mijol, Malaysia

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Mr. Robert Martin Mijol from Malaysia finished his 6-month WFI Fellowship Program in 2015. During his time at WFI he focused on learning about Payments for Ecosystem Services to use the knowledge to share and expand the idea into government policy and legislation back home.

After his WFI Fellowship program he resumed working for the Sabah Forestry Department, where he got promoted to be the Manager for Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project. His new responsibilities include coordinating stakeholders, evaluating forest re-certification, leading field work (mostly on forest rehabilitation for orang-utan), and protecting forests from illegal logging and Ag-encroachment and wildlife poachers. He spends most of his time out of the grid caring for the beautiful tropical rainforest of Sabah.

Enkeleda Pjetri

Enkeleda Pjetri, Albania

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Enkeleda Pjetri finished her 4-month WFI Fellowship Program in 2015. During her time at WFI  As a Community Solutions Program fellow, hosted by the World Forest Institute she focused on learning about forestry and environment community related issues, sustainable development of natural resources. (Country Presentation: Albania).

Since December 2016, Enkeleda has been working on an international construction project, where she supervises the construction company’s commitment to respecting the rights of local communities affected by the construction. She finds it very interesting to be in touch with local peoples and to be part of such a large international work environment. Enkeleda views her new job as an opportunity to learn from a new sector as well as to widen her professional network.



Miguel Sanchez Fajardo, Bolivia

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Mr. Miguel Sanchez Fajardo from Bolivia finished his 6-month WFI Fellowship Program in 2015. During his program he conducted research in forest nurseries (Final Presentation: Characterization of Forest Nurseries). After his program Miguel worked at Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal (FONABOSQUE), where he planned seedling production on the national level. In May 2017, Miguel invited Diane Haase and Kas Dumroese, nursery specialists from the U.S. Forest Service, to Bolivia to provide technical assistance pertaining to nursery production and out-planting of seedlings. Over 200 participants were trained during this two-week workshop.